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What will 1 out of every three seniors experience this year? A Fall! Why?

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Volume 2 March 2005 Number 2

An Exclusive Continuing Education Publication of Acadiana Consultant Pharmacy Service
Author, Publisher, Editor-in Chief, Typesetter & Printer, Charles S. Feucht,PD,FASCP PharmD candidate

Medication News & Update

JAGS article: "Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use by Elderly Persons in U.S. Health Maintenance Organizations, 2000-2001"
A recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society addressed the inappropriate medication use among elderly patients, including one study that showed that 28.8% of 157,517 older patients in 10 HMOs received at least one medication contained on the 1997 Beers list. Of particular note, researchers found that 7% of participants received propoxyphene, which researchers reminded, "...is an analgesic medication considered rarely appropriate in the elderly and a drug that has a long history of limited efficacy and potential for toxicity." For more information on this study, visit blackwell-synergy.com.

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